Lebanon: Protests and Appointment of New Prime Minister-Designate [Updated December 20, 2019] [open pdf - 669KB]
From the Document: "On December 19, Lebanese President Michel Aoun appointed Hassan Diab--an engineering professor at the American University of Beirut--as prime minister-designate. Diab will replace former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned on October 29 following nationwide mass protests. While Diab was backed by a simple majority in Lebanon's parliament, he lacks support from some key constituencies, and may struggle to form a new government. Protestors have opposed Diab's nomination, and security and economic conditions in the country continue to deteriorate. Instability in Lebanon could create opportunities for actors of concern to the United States, including Hezbollah and Iran."
CRS Insight, IN11192
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